acclaim

verb
ac·​claim | \ ə-ˈklām How to pronounce acclaim (audio) \
acclaimed; acclaiming; acclaims

Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : applaud, praise Critics acclaimed her performance.
2 : to declare by acclamation was acclaimed president of the society

intransitive verb

: to shout praise or applause

acclaim

noun

Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of acclaiming
2 : praise, applause She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.

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Other Words from acclaim

Verb

acclaimer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for acclaim

Synonyms: Verb

accredit, applaud, cheer, crack up, hail, laud, praise, salute, tout

Synonyms: Noun

accolade, applause, bay(s), credit, distinction, glory, homage, honor, kudos, laud, laurels, props [slang], réclame, sun

Antonyms: Verb

knock, pan, slam

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Examples of acclaim in a Sentence

Verb

The critics have acclaimed her performance. she has long been acclaimed by the critics for her realistic acting

Noun

Her performance in the ballet earned her critical acclaim. She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Little Ting’s, though, is its most critically acclaimed get to date, a mom-and-pop dumpling house in Greenwood that through social-media has morphed from a modest neighborhood eatery to a dumpling destination. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "One of Seattle’s best dumpling restaurants comes to Bellevue," 16 July 2018 Designed by Funomena, a studio founded by two of the designers who helped build acclaimed indie game Journey, Luna was unlike any other VR game to date. Nick Statt, The Verge, "VR storybook game Luna is even more mesmerizing on Magic Leap’s headset," 18 Dec. 2018 Despite how beloved and critically acclaimed Gilmore Girls was, Palladino was never nominated for her work on that show, so this feels like a long time coming. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Is the Big Winner At The 2018 Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018 Now he’s in Korean director Lee Chang-dong’s moving, mysterious noir film Burning, which premiered to acclaim at Cannes this spring and subsequently played at the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Steven Yeun on his new film Burning and his hopes for post-Crazy Rich Asians Hollywood," 31 Oct. 2018 And as for this list—its only qualifier is that these are the critically acclaimed, historically important, and pivotal films that a person who cares about film (and in doing so, often cares about humanity, in general) should really get to know. Vogue, "These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time," 8 Aug. 2018 Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain Both Bryce Dallas Howard and Jessica Chastain are acclaimed for their acting chops in dramas and action flicks alike, but that doesn't stop people from regularly confusing one for the other. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "16 Pairs of Celebrities Who Look Like Identical Twins," 3 Aug. 2018 The nearly 60-meter vehicle was widely acclaimed as the most advanced and powerful rocket of our time. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's New Rocket Project Might Resurrect a Soviet-Era Colossus," 24 July 2018 As the band became critically acclaimed by colleagues and critics through the 1990s and 2000s, even the Coup’s most dedicated fans didn’t know Riley had filmmaking aspirations. Peter Hartlaub, SFChronicle.com, "Rapper Boots Riley finds his place behind camera with ‘Sorry to Bother You’," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The acclaim eased some of the pain from GM’s bankruptcy at the time and showed that Detroit could still develop an enviable vehicle. Mike Colias, WSJ, "GM Bids Farewell to Its Breakthrough Electric Car," 9 Dec. 2018 YouTube has never revealed the size of its subscription business (which also includes YouTube TV, yet another monthly subscription service that streams live TV), but its original content never got the same public acclaim or popularity as others'. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Bring in the ads—YouTube may let everyone watch Original shows, films," 28 Nov. 2018 From the success of homegrown techno artists like ANNA and Victor Ruiz to the international acclaim of venues like Warung Beach Club and D-EDGE, the scene is thriving. Michael Sundius, Billboard, "Gui Boratto Talks New Album 'Pentagram': Listen to 'The Phoenix' (Exclusive)," 13 June 2018 Joplin predicted that his music would one day be critically recognized, but the acclaim he has been bestowed in death may have shocked him. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, "The Forgotten Entertainer Rag," 24 May 2018 The Spinners The Detroit R&B group that won its greatest acclaim in the 1970s will be charming a crowd at the Masonic Temple this weekend. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Best bets for the weekend include Virginia Violet, Whiskey Charmers," 10 May 2018 Manni, a filmmaker turned olive oil maker, had earned his own acclaim with his high grade Manni Oil, treasured by chefs worldwide, including Keller. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Thomas Keller thinks he perfected chocolate by adding this unusual ingredient | The Sacramento Bee," 6 May 2018 Hurston died poor and mostly alone, having never attained the same acclaim as other celebrated 20th century writers during her lifetime. The Washington Post, AL.com, "Zora Neale Hurston's lost book dealt with Alabama slave ship, Africatown," 2 May 2018 Under the tutelage of powerlifting coach B. J. Whitehead, Fuentes hit her stride fast and immediately discovered a talent that has brought her acclaim. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "DHS first-year powerlifter makes it to state," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of acclaim

Verb

1626, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acclaim

Verb

borrowed (with assimilation to claim entry 1) from Middle French & Latin; Middle French acclamer, borrowed from Latin acclāmāre "to shout (at or in reaction to), raise an outcry, shout approval," from ad- ad- + clāmāre "to shout" — more at claim entry 1

Noun

derivative of acclaim entry 1

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More Definitions for acclaim

acclaim

verb

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to praise (someone or something) in a very strong and enthusiastic way

acclaim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

: strong approval or praise

acclaim

verb
ac·​claim | \ ə-ˈklām How to pronounce acclaim (audio) \
acclaimed; acclaiming

Kids Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: praise entry 1 sense 1 The book was acclaimed by the critics.

acclaim

noun

Kids Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

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